Busy in the kitchen

This afternoon I decided to get busy in the kitchen making some healthy snacks for this weekend’s trip to Boston. As my husband started roasting coffee I suggested we try making our own chocolate covered coffee beans. I will be quite honest with you they were an epic fail and made us both sick to our stomach.

On a better note these delicious walnut date energy balls were to die for! With no added refined sugar these yummy morsels will satisfy your sweet tooth. You will need a food process or and an “S” shaped blade. This recipe made 17 balls at 50 calories each! Here is the recipe:


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 oats
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut


  1. Place dates, walnuts and maple syrup in the food processor and blend until it becomes a chunky paste
  2. Mix in oats, flax seed and coconut
  3. Pulse until fully mixed
  4. Measure a tablespoon of the mixture and round into a ball until mixture is gone
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Enjoy!


As a kid I grew up on roasted chickpeas. Today I decided to make some with a flare. Knowing my love for hot and spicy foods my mom had bought me chipotle, siracha and habanero seasonings. Today I decided to make some chipotle roasted chickpeas.

All you need is a can of chickpeas and chipotle seasoning, or really any seasoning you desire.

Serves 4: 99 caloriesimg_3101

  • Preheat the oven to 300
  • drain and rinse chickpeas saving 1 Tbsp of brine
  • once rinsed de-skin the beans
  • Mix beans, 1 Tbsp brine and 1 Tbsp seasoning
  • Spread on a baking sheet and slowly bake mixing the beans in the pan every 20-30 minutes to prevent burning.
  • Bake until desired dryness (I roasted mine about 1.5 hours)

Easy peasy crockpot chicken cacciatore 

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are eithe crockpot or leftover meal days in our household. Tonight was a quick, easy and healthy crockpot meal for 5


  • 2.5 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs and drumsticks or leg quarters
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomato
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 vadalia onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 2 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti ( or pasta of choice)


  • Mix all ingredients in a crockpot
  • Cook for 6-8 hours on low 
  • Cook pasta prior to serving
  • Plate up and enjoy!

Calories: 447; Fat: 12.2 g; Carbs: 55.3g; Protein: 36.7

Do you know the Muffin Woman?

You have probably heard of the Muffin Man who lives on Drury Lane well I present to you the Muffin Woman who lives on Healthy Road. This week is “C” week for Ari at her sitter’s so I decided to make carrot cake muffins and then my husband saw that I had bought pumpkin pure so asked for pumpkin muffins for the week.

As you all know I try my very best to make everything hearty and healthy (except for the occasional treat) that goes into my families mouths. Today I give you husband and daughter approved muffins!


Carrot Cake Muffins: Makes 18

Ingredients: img_2541

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp soften coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • unsweetened coconut for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mix all dry ingredients
  3. In an mixer mix together eggs, apple sauce, vanilla, maple syrup, agave, and coconut oil
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients
  5. Put mixer on low and add carrots, walnuts and raisins
  6. Once all ingredients are fully mixed together scoop into a muffin pan
  7. Bake for 20 minutes
Calories: 137; Fat: 4.8 g; Carbs: 16.5 g; Protein: 3.1 g

Pumpkin Muffins: Makes 18 


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flourimg_2540
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp soften coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin pure
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • pepitas for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mix all dry ingredients
  3. In an mixer mix together eggs, apple sauce, vanilla, maple syrup, honey, and coconut oil
  4. Mix in pumpkin pure
  5. Slowly mix in dry ingredients
  6. Put mixer on low and add walnuts
  7. Once all ingredients are fully mixed together scoop into a muffin pan
  8. Bake for 20 minutes
Calories: 123; Fat: 4.9 g; Carbs: 13 g; Protein: 3 g

Banana oat pancakes

This morning I decided pancakes for me and my mini! As the hubby was out on a training ride I knew I could try something healthy and new! I have seen pancakes made with banana and oats all over Pinterest so this was a definite Pinterest inspired win, not only for us but my friend and her beautiful twin girls! 

Here is the scoop

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon (I ❤️ cinnamon!)
  • Blend all together in food processor, then add
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk alternative (I had Almond breeze almond/coconut milk unsweetened)
  • Blend until everything is fully mixes
  • Cook pancakes and enjoy!

Sevings: 5 (2 pancakes) calories: 307; fat: 7 g; carbs: 48.6 g; protein: 13.5 g

Vegan Spelt Flour Waffles

Lately Monday’s have been rough getting up. I don’t know if it’s cause I’m just so tired from the go go go of the weekend or that my bed is so comfy I do not want to leave it and just snuggle with Ari as long as possible!

When we finally did get up I wanted waffles I am a huge fan!!! I have been letting my fingers do some walking on searching for some healthy recipes. Leave it to Pintrrst! I came across this Vegan whole wheat waffle recipe by Vegan Family. I did change things up a bit. Here is the recipe I used


  • 1 3/4 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon all natural cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 chia seed eggs (1 egg= 1Tbsp chia+3Tbsp water)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Origional unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave


  1. Make chia egg and let sit for 10-15 minutes
  2. Add in all other wet ingredients
  3. Then mix in dry
  4. You will have a thick batter. Place in waffle maker and cook.
  5. Serve with fruit and maple syrup
  6. Depending on your waffle maker you will get between 4-6 waffles

Serving size: 5; Calories: 270; Fat: 11.5 g; Carbs: 37.7 g; Protien: 6.9g

    Their number of servings were 4 I threw all the batter in my waffle maker and had some oversized waffles. With the size of my waffle maker I could of made 5 good sized waffles. And let me tell you all you need is 1 they were so filling! 

    I topped mine off with some mango and maple syrup! Ari just had maple syrup and ate the whole thing! 


    Love Yourself

    Now that school is over (for a month) I finally have figured out what my next post is about. As many of you know I started a weight loss transformation journey about 5 years ago. It has taken me a LONG LONG time to feel comfortable in my body and feel confident to wear almost anything!

    A year and a half ago we were blessed with an AMAZING baby girl. She is my life and my world but I have struggled with finding that confidence I had before having her. Just recently and much thanks to my husband who tells me I look GREAT everyday started running in a sports bra. All I have been seeing lately is seeing a jiggly, untoned tummy. My husband said I should just take a pic of myself so I can actually see what others are seeing. I did it and this is what I saw:


    It is not a 6 pack by any means but I’m loving my 2-pack and this is the most toned I have ever been. Seeing this opened up my eyes that I AM ONE HOT MAMA! My uncle who hasn’t seen me since my wedding 3 years ago even told me I look like I am in better shape and slimmer than I was. Slimmer, this may be true but I definitely know I am in better shape.

    Before I had Ari I started running and it is something that I enjoy doing (most days) and it gives me a great competitive drive. This year alone I busted out a 27 min 5 k which just gave me a number to beat! I have also cut down my mile time to average 9 min (sometimes a little under) mile with out Ari in the BOB and about a 9:30-9:45 min mile with her. I have become faster and fitter.

    Before Ari I was a crazy health nut (according to Tom). We had minimal processed foods in the house, never had lunch meat and I was always finding ways to “healthify” things. I am still that crazy health nut as I want to teach Ari about good nutrition, but since having Ari we have eaten out a little bit more than we use to, I developed a sweet tooth and lunch meats are convenient! I do still try to “healthify” things but definitely not as much. You have to find your balance I would say mine is about 80/20. I do treat myself, my weakness is sour patch kids. I know they are bad for you but its just my weakness, everyone has one! I tend to indulge in them more often than I should since having Ari.

    Every week I go through my recipes, pintrest, instagram and look for some wholesome healthy meals to cook. I have found since having Ari if I meal plan it helps us from deviating to unhealthy foods. I always leave one day for leftovers or if  dinner has failed then take out. Next I go through all the grocery flyers to see what is on sale and finalize my menu.

    If you have decided you need to change I will be honest with you it is hard! I still struggle with my inner fat kid. Like I said I have a weakness for sour patch kids. But I need to know that yes having a treat is good and ok but a few times a week is probably not the smartest idea, despite working out 3-4 times a week.  It took me 2 years to lose all my weight and took my 5 years and 1 baby later to have abs like these!

    Remember LOVE your body, LOVE yourself, be CONFIDNET and be PROUD of what you have accomplished.

    Grab a chair and get to WORK

    Today will end my full week of at home workouts. The tattoo is healing very nicely and I am hoping with covering it and keeping it super clean I can get out to run next week and maybe a workout or 2 in the house. I will stay away from the gym next week as it can be a bit grosser than being outside.

    Today all you need is a chair and I KNOW everyone has a chair in their house!

    • Decline pushups (12)
    • Crunches (12)
    • Flutter kicks (20)
    • 4 Direction Taps (8)
    • Arm-hip lift (12)
    • Single leg bridge (8 each side)

    CLIKC HERE to see the workout!

    I did it for 4 rounds and you can modify the push ups by having feet on ground hands on chair for an incline push up